Enjoy a free concert of traditional East European and Jewish music. Violinist Steven Greenman and accordion player Walt Mahovlich are known for their passionate performances of folk music combined with virtuoso flair and technical precision.
No Registration required for this all-ages program.
Greenman is a multi-talented musician well-versed in a multitude of musical styles and genres, and is recognized internationally as one of the finest practitioners, composers and teachers of traditional East European Jewish Klezmer violin music in the world today.
Mahovlich has played extensively at traditional events throughout the US and Canada and has made tours of Europe. His career has included performances at the Smithsonian’s Festival of American Folklife, Jimmy Carter’s Inaugural, and the Rededication of Ellis Island, and has played in Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center.
Concerts at the library are generously supported by the Friends of Kent Free Library.
Kent Free Library now offers free Abbott BinaxNOW COVID-19 Home Tests, while supplies last. These tests are provided through a partnership with the Ohio Department of Health. Individuals needing a test should note the following:
- The tests are free and offered first come, first served
- The supply is limited, so it is advisable to call the library to check on availability; tests cannot be reserved
- Limit of four tests may be picked up at one time
- Drive-thru pickup only; wearing a mask is required to pick up a test
- Library staff are not trained medical professionals and not permitted to assist with medical procedures or give medical advice, and so are not able to assist you with these tests. The video below explains the process. The test kit contains directions. For further questions about COVID testing, contact your doctor or pharmacy.
- For proof of test result, you must perform the test step-by-step with a virtual proctor, using a computer or other device with internet access, a camera, and a microphone to complete. You will need to create an account using the NAVICA smartphone app or at www.mynavica.abbott. After creating an account, go to ohio.emed.com to start a testing session.
- Individuals may not come into the library to take a test. Library computers do not have the necessary camera and microphone access.
- The manufacturer has extended the expiration date of BinaxNOW Home Tests by an additional 90 days. Using the lot number on the outside of the box the test comes in, you can find the new extended expiration date here.
- Opened or unopened tests may not be returned.
COVID-19 vaccines are widely available throughout the state. Many providers offer walk-in appointments, or Ohioans can schedule a vaccination appointment at gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov. Ohioans who want to learn more about the safety, efficacy, and side effects of COVID-19 vaccines should talk to their doctor, nurse, or pharmacist, or visit coronavirus.ohio.gov/vaccine to learn more.
Continue your journey through the fascinating life of Vincent Van Gogh at a showing of the 2017 Good Deed Entertainment Studios film, Loving Vincent. Light refreshments provided during the film. No registration required. For adults ages 18+.
Before the film, check out our “paint by sticker” poster in the cafe featuring Van Gogh’s sunflowers and help us create a masterpiece!
Has your craft table disappeared under an avalanche leftover craft supplies? Let your cast-offs become someone else’s treasure! As part of the Adult Services celebration of Art in September, stop by the meeting room anytime between 6:00 and 8:00 pm to donate your unwanted, gently used craft supplies and take home new treasures! Take home up to one bag full of supplies, whether you donated supplies or not. All items left at the end of the day will be donated to the Kent Free Library and Goodwill. No registration required. For adults ages 18+.
Look for an exciting line up of fall programs for children of all ages, tweens, and teens starting Tuesday, September 7. The library will offer a variety of story times, plus book clubs, STEAM activities, and crafts. Get ready for some new programs, too!
As part of the Adult Services celebration of Art in September, we invite you to meet Jeff Katzin, Assistant Curator at the Akron Art Museum, to learn about the artwork, inspirations, and behind-the-scenes preparations that shaped the Museum’s current exhibitions celebrating rad and radical creativity from the 1980s.
No registration required. For adults ages 18+
The library is planning an exciting line up of adult programs in September, all around the theme of art! Enjoy presentations by Akron Art Museum Assistant Curator Jeff Katzin about their Totally Rad art exhibit and by art historian Felicia Zavarella Stadelman about Van Gogh. Get rid of old supplies and refresh your stash at our Craft Supply Swap. Play “art trivia” and paint Van Gogh’s Sunflowers. Enjoy an artsy concert of traditional Klezmer music with Steven Greenman and Walt Mahovlich.
All the adult book clubs, including a new one exploring different genres, will also take place in September!
Look for details soon!
Acceptable items include:
- Popular fiction in hardback and paperback
- New non-fiction (generally published within the last 2-3 years)
- Gently used children’s books
- DVDs, CDs, and unabridged audiobooks on CD
- Local history items related to Kent
The Friends cannot accept:
- Items in poor physical condition. This includes items that are yellowed, dirty, torn, missing pages or cover, brittle pages, mildewed or otherwise hazardous to someone’s health, excessive highlighting or handwriting, and scratched or worn audiovisual items
- Mail order catalogs
- Magazines (except Craft, Gardening, Cooking or Hobby subjects from the current year)
- Encyclopedias, full or partial sets
- Condensed/Abridged books, including Reader’s Digest
- Cassettes (audio or video)
Families with children of all ages, are invited to join us for a special visit from real life farm animals! Interact with chickens, ducks, rabbits, turkeys, sheep goats and more from 2:00 – 3:00 pm! Penguin Ice Cream will also be here from 1:00 – 3:00 pm dishing up eight different ice cream flavors and toppings! This event will be held outside in the grassy area surrounding the library parking lot. Ice cream will be available on a first come first served basis.